Bahamas ends up 5th overall at Caribbean Amateur Jr Golf Championships


Sports Reporter


SQUARED off against the best junior golfers in the region, the Bahamas fell one spot off their pace in recent years.

The Bahamas finished fifth at the 28th edition of the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, hosted in St Croix, US Virgin Islands.

The eight-member team finished with a total of 77 points following the three-day competition at the Carambola Golf and Country Club.

Puerto Rico led the field from start to finish and claimed their eighth consecutive title with 154 points. They were followed by the Dominican Republic with 145 points and Trinidad and Tobago with 129 points.

Jamaica scored 110 and the Bahamas rounded out the top five.

The remainder of the field included Barbados (63), the US Virgin Islands (36) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (0).

The best finishes for the Bahamas came in the boys 15 and under division featuring Cameron Riley and Xavier Robinson.

Riley closed out the competition with a final round of 82 after he shot a second round 81. He shot an opening round 82 for a score of 245, fourth in his division.

Robinson shot an 83 on day three after he shot a second round 85, following his opening round 84. He finished with a score of 252, No. 11 in the division.

As a duo, they finished third with a combined score of 165 to earn seven points.

Inecia Rolle led the way for the Bahamas’ female members with a team low score of 258, good enough for fourth in the girls 17 and under division. She shot an 84 on the opening day, but fell two spots to fourth when she followed with a second round 91.

She was able to close strong with a final round of 83.

Rolle is the title winner of the Bahamas Golf Federation’s 2015 President’s Cup and has represented the Bahamas numerous times on the CAJGC national teams. She was also a former contender for the 2015 Bahamas’ representative spot in the 2015 PureSilk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Asif Robinson, playing in the boys’ 17-and-under division, finished ranked No.11 amongst his group with a final day score of 84 and three day total of 258. He opened shooting an 85 and followed with an 89 in round two.

Also in the division, Ryan Coerbell finshed at No.15 with a total of 284. He closed shooting a 96 after a 99 on day one and 89 on day two.

In the girls’ 15-and-under division, Tynesha Tynes finished ninth with a score of 301. She opened with a score of 95, but followed with the highest score of the group on day two at 106 and a final score of 100.

In the girls’ 11-13, Ashley Michel is finished in eighth place with a score of 314 after shooting 101 on day one, 114 on day two and a low of 99 on day three.

Benjamin Knowles, in his national team debut, finished ranked No.13 in the boys’ 11-13 division with a total of 340 (114, 120, 106).

Ian Coerbell served as the team’s coach and Alena Hutcheson is team manager and team coach.

The Bahamas Golf Federation will now set its focus on the senior level for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, scheduled to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 26 to August 1.

At the CAGC, the Bahamas will join nine other member countries of the Caribbean Golf Association at the Half Moon Golf Resort and Spa and the Cinnamon Hill Golf Club.


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